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Back from troubled waters with tales of hope

November 24, 2008
A fter spending nearly two months in captivity, five sailors from hijacked vessel MV Stolt Valor arrived in Mumbai early Monday morning.

Five members of the 18 Indian crew arrived at the metropolis' International Airport from Muscat at about 0500 hours, where they were greeted by relatives and friends.

The ship was hijacked by Somali pirates on September 15 and the crew of 22 was kept hostage at the port of Eyl in Somalia for nearly two months until an undisclosed ransom was paid by the owners of the vessel.

The five sailors who arrived on Monday in the city are Naveed Burondkar, Isidore Fernandes, Alistair Fernandes, Omprakash Shukla and Santosh Patil. The others are expected to fly to their respective destinations from Muscat in the coming days, officials said.

Image: Santosh Patil, one of the crew members of MV Stolt Valor, which was hijacked by pirates off the coast of Yemen on September 15, is greeted by family members during his return to Mumbai on November 24.
Text: PTI | Photographs: Pal Pillai/AFP/Getty Images

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